Some (possibly) inspiring questions to ask yourself before making a COVID-19 recording

You probably ended up here because you need some inspiration for your contribution to my call for COVID-19 impressions. Following are two lists of questions: one to determine which location you want to record and at what time, another one to encourage self-reflection and inspiration for your descriptive texts.

You could use the following questions as a guide when choosing a place and a moment to record:

  • How do you relate to public space in the current circumstances?
  • At the moment, what role does public space play in your life?
  • To which places in public space have you been more frequently in the last two/three weeks?
  • To which places in public space haven’t you been anymore in the last two/three weeks?
  • What is the busiest time of day at the location you have chosen?
  • What is the most quiet time of day at the location you have chosen?
  • Right now, is there a place in public space that frightens you?
  • Right now, is there a place in public space that gives you pleasure?
  • Right now, is there a place in public space that gives you peace of mind?
  • Right now, is there a place in public space that gives you energy?
  • What (unreachable) place do you long for? How do you cope with this desire?

At the chosen location and during the recording process, the following questions might inspire you:

  • What sounds are at the foreground?
  • What sounds lay in the background?
  • What sound(s) is/are absent?
  • Did you expect the place to sound like this?
  • What would this place normally – before the current lockdown – sound like? Is there a difference in what it sounds like now?

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